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Will wrote a review 09 Nov
Ken was amazing. Has a true passion and love for South African culture and history that you can’t help but absorb. The kindness and love of this place is reflected through these guides.
Date of experience: November 2021
Theresa T wrote a review Oct 2021
I participated in one of the Free Walking Tours – the Historic City Tour – on Sunday, 17 October 2021. The guide often did not distinguish between his own political views and a differentiated narration of the history of Cape Town. For example, he advised us not to go to Robben Island, because it would be a waste of money and you would just be increasing the wealth of the entrepreneur, who runs the ferries as a business model, being already a billionaire by now. There may be some progressive criticism on how this historic site is arranged, but to give the advice of not going there, is unacceptable to me, as it is one of the most important places to learn about and understand the system of Apartheid. The most shocking “information” to me was, that he told us, standing in front of the statue of Jan Smuts, that if Smuts had taken over the leadership of South Africa after World War II, Apartheid would not have happened. This narrative cannot even be interpreted as an opinion because it is simply proven false. After doing quick research on Smuts, you must conclude, that he was an absolute supporter of racial segregation. To just name a few proofs, he was the advisor to the Executive Council in the South African Republic, where pass laws existed, that were intended to force Black people to settle in specific places to provide White farmers with a steady source of labour. As Smuts became the Minister of Interior, Defence and Mines of the Union of South Africa in 1910 nothing changed regarding the pass laws. While he was in this position the Mines and Works Act was passed in 1911, that reserved certain skilled positions for Whites. In 1914 he ordered the shooting and deportation of Black strikers. I think the whole tour was biased by the political views of the guide and I am now doubting, that I was told the truth about the history of Cape Town, especially when it came to issues of racial segregation. I recommend visitors to be critical on everything they are confronted with on these tours.…
Date of experience: October 2021
Response from capefreewalking, Manager at Cape Town Free Walking Tours
Responded 2 weeks ago
Dear Theresa Thanks so much for taking the time to write and point out these unfortunate comments. We as a company strive to employ guides and train guides that are at the top of their profession, with regards to knowledge, and the ability to entertain. It’s our firm belief that guides should always be objective when delivering the tours and not be opinionated. We apologise for this incident and will take the time to remind our guides of the importance of our Guiding Code of Conduct. With regards to the factual content of our tour: we are fully aware that people have different opinions, but it does not mean that the facts on the rest of the tour was incorrect. We want to believe that the correct information was shared with your group regarding the historical facts, and again, we apologise that an individual’s opinions could have raised questions about the factual correctness of our tours. Here we also strive to only share correct historical data. We hope we will see you again on one of out tours, and we want to assure you we work hard to deliver top-class walking tours.
Quailsroost wrote a review Oct 2021
Kamloops, Canada101 contributions70 helpful votes
Sheldon was our guide on both days. We had very informative walks and he showed us some great hidden gems. Loved Bo Kaap area and was amazed the history of it. There is a lot to see in Cape Town and these walking tours always gives you a better insight to them.
Date of experience: October 2021
Emma Louis wrote a review Sep 2021
2 contributions1 helpful vote
Great tour to learn about the history and see some beautiful sights! Definitely recommend for those who wish to learn about the unique Bo-Kapp area.
Date of experience: September 2021
Tracy G wrote a review Aug 2021
Ann Arbor, Michigan10 contributions5 helpful votes
We had an excellent tour with Ken. Due to the pandemic, tourist traffic is way down, so we were the only two guests on the tour. Ken took us to our requested destination of Bo Kaap and kept us engaged the entire time with a mix of deep historical background and current political, social, and cultural affairs. He shared his love for the city and its rich mix of cultures. By the end of the tour it felt more like a friend taking us around than a guide. Wonderful experience. Great way to be introduced to the city. We'll be booking other tours through this group during our stay in Cape Town.…
Date of experience: August 2021